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Australia defeated in warm-up

UPDATED 05 June, 2013 10:30AM AEST | by Cricket Australia 13

Australia has lost to India in their second ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match against India by 243 runs in Cardiff.

Full scorecard here

India won the toss and elected to bat first but found immediate trouble as the Aussie quicks rocked the Indian top order.

The India XV (only XI could bat or field) stuttered to 4-39 from their first 10 overs and in real trouble at 5-55 when Dharwan went in the 17th over. At that stage things were looking good with Starc and McKay snaring two each and one to Johnson.

How quickly the tide can turn.

The Indian captain MS Dhoni joined Dinesh Karthik at the crease and the pair slowly turned the game on its head with a match-winning 211-run sixth-wicket partnership from just 191 balls which setup India’s eventual total of 6-308 from 50-overs.

The partnership was sublime, never letting the run-rate stall, but the acceleration in the second half of the innings was unbelievable.

Dhoni smashed six fours and four sixes, one of them a monster over mid-wicket, in a 77-ball 91, while Karthik timed the ball beautifully during his innings of 146 (140 balls).

Australia grassed some catches and missed a few three run-out chances which ultimately hurt them where it hurts most.

While it was Karthik and Dhoni who did most damage, Ravindra Jadeja came in after Dhoni’s exit to add 42 with Karthik from just 21 balls at the end of the innings to lift the total past 300.

Starc finished with 2-73, while McKay escaped with the impressive figures of 2-39. Just to add insult.  

In response, Australia’s innings never got started and they were rattled out for just 65 in 23.3 overs.

Umesh Yadav took each of the first five wickets to fall. Matthew Wade and Phil Hughes both inside-edged attempted pulls on to their stumps, while David Warner slashed one to Ashwin at slip.

George Bailey, who led the side with Michael Clarke nursing back stiffness, was gone for only one, while Mitchell Marsh was given out caught behind when the ball appeared to miss the inside edge.  

Watson made just four before inside-edging Ishant Sharma on to the stumps, leaving only Adam Voges (23) to emerge as the top-scorer for the innings in a performance coach Mickey Arthur would be less than impressed with just four days out from the tournament getting underway.  

Australia’s first official match of the ICC Champions Trophy is on Saturday against England at Edgbaston.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 05 June, 2013 8:25AM AEST

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